New Shoots 23

new shoots 23Difference is a prominent theme that emerges in many of the works in this anthology — differences in perspectives, people, and places. “Driving With My Mother” is a poem in 10 sections reflecting on a mother-daughter relationship during a roadtrip. “Living in Beauty and Darkness” is a memoir about a fateful day that has forever changed the narrator’s life. The poem “No Longer Plain Jane” tracks the change in someone who “used to be a friend / Until she made herself vain.” The essay “Travelling to India” is full of practical tips that travellers may miss, from a narrator who is of Indian descent. “The Twelve Ways of Egg” is a whimsical poem that extends the comparison to different scenarios.